|1. After how many days absence from work is a medical cert required?||Staff need a certificate for absences in excess of two days - i.e. on the third day of continuous absence a medical certificate is required.|
|2. How many days uncertified sick leave can be taken in a year?||A maximum of 7 days uncertified sick leave is permitted over a 24-month period counting backwards from the latest absence.|
|3. When I am on sick leave in excess of 3 days what do I need to do to ensure I receive the correct sick pay from the university||If you are on an A1 PRSI rate and on sick leave in excess of 3 days, you must submit a copy of "Disability Benefit - Your weekly rate - IB8 Form" to the Payroll Office, DCU. The IB8 Form is given to you by the Department of Social Protection when your disability/illness claim has been sanctioned. Without the IP8 form, sick pay from the University may be delayed.|
|4. Is my Illness Benefit taxable?||Illness Benefit is considered to be income for tax purposes and it is taxable from the first day of payment.|
Illness Benefit is paid directly to you by Social Welfare without any deduction of income tax. The University, therefore, is required to make any necessary tax deductions in respect of paid Illness Benefit.